MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2006 a dark ruby color w/ a nice tan head some lacing. Huge hop aroma lots of grass and citrus touches of pine a good amount of sweet malt hints of cherry and watermelon, very hoppy aroma for a BW. warm palate some creamy very oily. A very hoppy barley wine. lots of hop.. citrus and pine some good sweet component. Some good dark fruits as well plums I think and some other fruits. This needs a bit of mellowing to really improve.
Re-rated now w/ some months of settle and the hop has already mellowed, the hot element has died down and this stuff is getting really good.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe drinking a bomber of this on a Tuesday night isn’t the greastest idea, but oh well. Pours a deep clear copper color with no head. The aroma shows that it is definitely a Three Floyds product: lots of pine and peach hop character. Also, some sweet cherry/dark fruit aroma. Alcohol is more present in the flavor than the aroma. Lots of pineand grapefruit hop flavor and bitterness. Some sweetness, but the alcohol is a little overpowering in the flavor. A few years of aging may help this immensely.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cherry red color with a small, light tan head, which quickly fades. Monstrous piney and resiny hop aroma, juicy as hell, which after some time begins to smell very medicinal. Nothing but hop aromatics in the aroma and if this were a Double IPA that would be fine, but in a barley wine I want malt aromatics. Still though, the hops are vibrant enough in the nose to definately be enjoyable. The body is undeniably huge and provides a nice mouth experience. The flavor is fairly well balanced between hop and malt flavors, but overall I suppose this is more of a hop accented barley wine. Loads of juicy, medicinal hop flavors throughout the palate, with hints of grapefruit. The malts hints of toffee all the way through, with hints of caramel and roasted nuts. Quite the tasty treat, but it needs your complete attention and a pretty large sample, because it changes very much throughout the tasting. Also, I am not one for aging barley wines, but this really needs some time. Maybe it will peak at around six to eight months. Just like the Raspberry Eisbock, I was hoping it would be my first 5.0...but to no avail...maybe soon, maybe sometime. Hopefully.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is quite possibly the most amazing aroma a beer can have. It was full of wonderful citrus with I think pineapple that dominated it and it was great. Some grapefruit and caramel showed up also. Mouthful was big and chewy, a lot to take down. Lots of caramel, huge trademark 3f hops and some lighter fruit hangin out too. Overall enjoyable drink, look foward to seeing what time will do to it, but also plan on drinking a few more now, cuz it already is a truly great brew.
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Bottle, shared with a few friends. As soon as the bottle was opened a huge whiff of grapefruit and peach overwhelmed me. In the glass it is much of the same, very bright citrus, grapefruit and peach. Crazy. Bright ruby red with a kahki head that faded quickly. Initial flavors include pine, citrus, grapefruit...then as you start tasting caramel, brown sugar and cherries. The finish has a bit of bitterness to it. Medium body, oily texture. Overall this is pretty fruity and hoppy, not very malty. I will definitly want to try this in a few years.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a young bottle but I still really like it. Pours dark copper with a white head. Rather short retention. Aroma had caramel, graitfruit, citrus, courant and pine. Taste was terrific just a bit one dimensional. I am sure that will change. I loved the peach taste mixed with the other fruits. Palate was sexual and will only get better. This was terrific, as it ages the malts will come through more.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle. Ruby red with orange tints. Film of off white head. Heavy grapefruit and citron aromatics with some pine notes and a tinge of alcohol. Chewy malt, with heavy citrus and pine hop coatings. Residual hop bitterness and rather hot in the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy and hot. Needs some time to age.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 22oz wax cap. Pours a deep dark copper/amber/red color with a nice white head. Nose is big three floyds grapefruit, piney hopps. Alot og them. A touch of yeast and malt is mixed in. Taste is those great big hopps again, a bit overpowering and the bread and malt flavors are left behind. Finishes with a nice bitterness.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overrated and overpriced. I wanted to liek this beer so much, but it just doesnt live up to the hype. Perhaps the best thing about this beer is the pour, a deep brownish garnet. Nose is typical massive Floyd’s hops, piney, citrusy, and almost bubblegum like. Lots of hops that are not really well balanced with the malt counterpart. Pretty one dimensional, sweet fruity hops. Alcohol not well hidden. When you charge this much for a beer, I have greater expectations. Perhaps I will rerate in a year or two after this ages a while.
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now for a brew I have been longing for for some time and hopefully worthy of a victory brew. Yes, the Badgers were "lucky", but they still won. From first sniff this is a hoppy barley wine beyond the likes I think I have tried. Bright dark copper color with a diminished ecru head. Smells like sweet ruby red grapefruit juice. Perhaps I should have this for breakfast. I’m sure it would be an eye opener. Some mild hints of pie crust malt, peaches and watermelon bubblegum. I would likely put the aroma higher if this wasn’t a barley wine, as I really want more malt in this style. Just my preference. In a year or so I’m sure my rating would go up significantly. Holy lactating, agrarian, bovine mammal batman, this is a hops monster, that I am at a near loss of words. Lots of sweet malt, but more than a boat load of hops. The malt flavors are not that well defined but the sweetness is there to balance all the alphas and betas coursing through my palate. Smooth, lightly silky in feel. Flavors of light fruit, with raisins, and plums. Floral and a touch of pine and grapefruit hops flavors. A sweet laffy taffy middle, with melon and mild berry. Malt come back in the linger, but yet the hops acidity still stings the tongue. Call this an american strong and this is near the top of my list As a barley wine, this will need to sit a year or five to be in my tops per style. I wish I could let one set that long. Great brew. I hate getting caught up in the style thing on this one. This truly is a Behemoth!